Waverley Benevolent Society is run entirely by volunteers. Some choose to contribute many hours per month and others only an afternoon or two. The range of tasks they undertake includes interviewing clients, administrative work, grant writing and food collection. We provide training for all our volunteers using external as well as internal development training. Most of the volunteers have continued over many years due to a high level of satisfaction and flexibility to fit their volunteer commitment in with family and other commitments. Many are retired and like to travel and their time away is easily covered by others. If you would like further information on volunteering, please fill out the form on the Contact page.
WBS receives no government funding and hence relies entirely on private donations. These come mainly from local businesses, social and service clubs and grants. With minimal overheads and no salaries to pay, all donations go directly to helping those in need. Most of the financial help is used to purchase food vouchers which our clients can redeem at the supermarket and a much smaller amount is used to purchase food directly from Foodbank. We also receive very generous donations of food from individuals and organizations in the community. All monetary donations are tax deductible. We only ask that all food donated is within its "use by" date. At the end of each year, we seek donations for our Christmas hampers, a special offering that has always been very popular with clients at a time when seasonal expenses and school fees put pressure on limited resources. This year, a Masonic Lodge contributed a generous $500 to purchase items for the food hamper and a tennis club donated several hundred dollars for food purchase.